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College of the Mainland
News Release
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Music of the Holidays


A concert by COM Vocal Arts will be performed Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m at St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church, 1604 9th Avenue North in Texas City. This is our first performance at St. Mary and we are delighted to be performing in such a beautiful church, said Dr. James Heffel, COM vocal arts professor. The choir will perform many holiday favorites and a wide range of other selections from Broadway to the bagpipe accompanied song Amazing Grace (from Ower the Hills), arranged by Steven Hatfield. Heffel, who has been learning the bagpipes, will play during the song. The choir will also perform Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s The Magnificat. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 409-933-8348.


Sounds of the Holidays


College of the Mainland's Fine Arts Department will perform two concerts that will include holiday music as well as other selections. The Concert Band, directed by Sparky Koerner, will perform Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Recital Hall. The Jazz Ensemble will host a Friday night concert on Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Recital Hall.


The Concert Band will perform Johannes Brahm’s Academic Festival Overture, Franz von Suppe’s Light Cavalry Overture, Julius Fucik’s Entrance of the Gladiators. Tubists Jason Biscamp, Zach Budd and Mark White will be featured on Tuba Tiger Rag. There will be holiday music as well as a medley of music from the Tijuana Brass.


The Jazz Ensemble will perform Sammy Nestico’s The Queen Bee, Jerome Kern’s Yesterdays, Sigmund Romberg’s Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise, and Gordon Goodwin’s Howdiz Songo? Kim Chavez will be featured on flugelhorn on Gordon Brisker’s Blue. COM Music Professor Sparky Koerner will perform My One and Only Love on the trumpet. The ensemble will also perform a few holiday selections.


The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call 409-933-8348.

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